This is an Assyrian girl and Priest singing Our Father. It is a haunting and beautiful melody.
God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. (Acts 2:24 ESV)
At the point that all seemed lost I imagine hearing God the Father’s voice speaking the name of his Son in the darkness of Saturday night. Divine vocal chords piercing into the abyss of death and hell. A phrase that changed everything. – Jesus, my son, Arise.
The Bible doesn’t tell us the exact words God used but it does tell us repeatedly that the same voice calls life out of our death as well.
When we are trapped by our sin suffocating under the weight of our self-centeredness and wickedness that voice of YHWH pierces through. The power it contained 2000 years ago hasn’t diminished one iota. God is still in the resurrection business.
That voice is giving life to men, women, orphans, families, murderers, deacons, Sunday school teachers, our homeless neighbors and even we folks that have lost sight of God in our business of church. Gods speaks life to all who will come.
Wherever you are tonight do not despair. The Good News still stands, your debt has been paid.
Do not mistake seeing Jesus sacrifice as rudimentary appeasement of an angry terrible beast name God. He died because the wages of sin is death. God is Life and Holy and cannot abide sin. Justice demands a price and once we chose to sin that price was demanded of you and I. It is through God’s love and mercy that he made a means of atonement for you and I. Take hold of the cross and choose to live!
Glory Hallelujah Sunday is COMING!
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 ESV)
//image credit Stephen A. Wolfe
Being raised Missionary Baptist “widescreen TV” is about as far as I go (unless I’m in the sound booth where no one can see me and I’ll break out a “Rocky”)
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but Glory be to a merciful God it is only Friday.